India's patience with Pakistan appears to be wearing thin. More than two months
after the terror attack on Mumbai, Indian officials are expressing frustration
that they have yet to hear any official communication from Islamabad regarding
Pakistan's investigation of domestic links to the attack.
Indian government officials are lamenting the
lack of a formal response from Pakistan since the Mumbai terror attack, at the
end of last November.
External Affairs Minister Pranab Mukherjee tells
reporters there has been no formal word from the Pakistanis since India handed
over its information to Islamabad for action, January 5.
[informed] us after they received the materials from us and thereafter we have
not received any official communication about the progress," he said.
During a speech to regional security experts Tuesday in the Indian
capital, Defense Minister A.K. Antony termed terror emerging from Pakistan "a
Frankenstein" [monster] that needs to be confronted decisively by the
international community. He also called on Islamabad to respond to India's
dossier about the Mumbai terror attack.
"The positive gains of the past
years have been destroyed by the dastardly attack on Mumbai," he said. "The onus
now is on the government of Pakistan to act with sincerity."
accuses Pakistan of becoming an "epicenter of international
Relations between nuclear-armed neighbors, India and
Pakistan, who have fought each other in several wars, had gradually thawed in
recent years. But the November 26 assault on India's commercial capital, which
India blames on a group of heavily armed Pakistanis, again chilled the
The 60-hour siege of Mumbai left more than 160 people
dead, including foreigners at luxury hotels and at a Jewish outreach center.
India contends that elements in Pakistan were responsible for planning and
executing the attack and that the terrorists received sophisticated training